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David Kelley


David Kelley earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, and later taught cognitive science and philosophy at Vassar College and Brandeis University. His articles on social issues and public policy have appeared in Harper's, The Sciences, Reason, Harvard Business Review, The Freeman, and elsewhere. His books include  Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses; and The Art of Reasoning, one of the most widely used logic textbooks in the country. Kelley is founder and chief intellectual officer of The Atlas Society. 

A Philosophy for the 21st Century

A Philosophy for the 21st Century


When Atlas Shrugged was published in October of 1957, it spoke to a world that was very different from ours, on the surface at least.

Dagny Confronts James

Dagny Confronts James

In this scene early in Atlas Shrugged Part 1, Dagny Taggart confronts her brother James about the need to upgrade a rail line. The scene iillustrates the difference between objectivity and second-hand thinking.

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David Kelley: Remarks at Atlas Shrugged Part 2 DC premiere

David Kelley: Remarks at Atlas Shrugged Part 2 DC premiere


Remarks by David Kelley at the Atlas Shrugged Part 2 World Premiere, Washington, D.C.

Either-Or

Either-Or

April 3, 2012 -- Atlas Shrugged Part II is now in pre-production. This second installment of the film trilogy by Either-Or Productions (the production company formed by producer and movie-rights-owner John Aglialoro to produce Part 2) is scheduled to be in theaters next fall. Those who attend The Atlas Society’s Summer Seminar will get the first glimpse in early July.
 

Filming of Atlas Shrugged Movie Wraps

Filming of Atlas Shrugged Movie Wraps

July 25, 2010 -- I spoke with Dagny Taggart the other night. “It’s a huge honor to be part of this film,” said Taylor Schilling, who plays the heroine in John Aglialoro’s independent production of Atlas Shrugged. Tuesday evening, July 20, marked the completion of filming. We caught up with Aglialoro and his team in a weary but ebullient mood as shooting wrapped after an intense five-week schedule.

Interview with Esai Morales (Francisco d'Anconia)

Interview with Esai Morales (Francisco d'Anconia)

 

October 12, 2012 -- Esai Morales describes how he negotiated the fine line his character walks—trying to recruit Hank and Dagny for his mysterious purpose without giving away too much  of the secret. (This interview was filmed in L.A. on the set of Atlas Shrugged Part 2.)

 

Interview with Jason Beghe

Interview with Jason Beghe

 

October 12, 2012 -- Hank Rearden is an Atlas holding up the world through his productive genius, yet is beset by government bureaucrats trying to control him, and married to a woman who despises and finally betrays him. Jason Beghe talks about Hank's integrity as the core of the character. This interview was filmed by Duncan Scott in L.A. on the set of Atlas Shrugged Part 2. 
 

Interview with Kim Rhodes (Lillian Rearden)

Interview with Kim Rhodes (Lillian Rearden)

 

October, 12, 2012 -- Kim Rhodes discusses the intersecting motives that drive Lillian and make her the villain we love to hate. (This interview was filmed by Duncan Scott in L.A. on the set of Atlas Shrugged Part 2.)

 

Interview with Patrick Fabian (James Taggart)

Interview with Patrick Fabian (James Taggart)

 

October 12, 2012 -- How do you play a non-entity? While filming the Taggart wedding scene in Atlas Shrugged Part 2, Patrick Fabian shared his insights about the character of James Taggart. 
( This interview was filmed by Duncan Scott in L.A. on the set of Atlas Shrugged Part 2. )